Kevin Anderson gave classy interview after winning 6-hour Wimbledon semifinal

Kevin Anderson gave classy interview after winning 6-hour Wimbledon semifinal

That is the only Wimbledon clash to have lasted longer than his 7-6 (8-6) 6-7 (5-7) 6-7 (9-11) 6-4 26-24 loss to Anderson, who reached his second major final in under a year courtesy of a colossal effort on Centre Court.

After the match, Anderson said: "I don't really know what to say right now".

"Just playing like that in those conditions was tough on both of us", added.

When it was all done and dusted, there were no wild roars, no fist pumping and no raised arms in celebration - all Anderson had left in him was to give Isner a sympathetic hug after he came out on top in the second longest match ever contested at the All England Club.

Djokovic was forced to wait for more than six hours to get on court for his Wimbledon semi-final against Rafael Nadal thanks to an epic encounter between Kevin Anderson and John Isner.

However, he recovered quickly, denying Nadal several set points with some spectacular tennis before ending the night up a set at 6-4 3-5 7-6 (11-9).

Because Nadal and Djokovic didn't begin playing until after 8 p.m., the retractable roof above the main stadium was shut between the matches and the arena's artificial lights were turned on. After more than a year of trouble, Djokovic finally had surgery in February, then took a while to find his groove. Djokovic missed a return as the clock ticked to 11pm but on the final lung-busting rally it was Nadal who faltered.

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Isner said that being part of yet another record-breaking match did not help ease his pain.

Anderson was the runner-up to Rafael Nadal at last year's US Open. Mathieu won 18-16 in the fifth set of a match that last five hours and 41 minutes.

"I feel pretty bad", said Isner. I apologize if I'm not fully excited right now. For us to be out there for that amount of time, I really hope we can address this.

The fifth set alone lasted almost 3 hours as the semifinal became a test of endurance more than skill. He criticized the lack of a deciding-set tiebreaker at Wimbledon, the Australian Open and the French Open.

"It's a bit of a sign for the grand slams to change this five-set format", he said.

"I need a lot of treatment in terms of getting the body back balanced and stuff, but at the same time obviously sleep is important, too".

Isner hadn't been broken in London throughout his run to his first Grand Slam championship semifinal.

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Anderson finished the match with 49 aces and 118 winners; Isner had 53 aces and 129 winners.

Anderson upped the ante and broke serve in the ninth game to lead 5-4 and then tied the match up by holding serve to win it 6-4.

Anderson's fifth set alone lasted almost 3 hours as his semifinal became a test of endurance more than skill. At 13-13 in the final set, one spectator screamed "we want to see Rafa!"

Games went with serve in the third set with Nadal failing to convert three set points in the tie-break, allowing Djokovic to take the set when his opponent netted a backhand. Each man also took a turn shouting toward the crowd after capturing a set, and Isner waved a hand toward the crowd during the third-set tiebreaker to generate more cheering. There was the deluge of aces (more than 100, in fact), the three tiebreakers, the final set that itself lasted almost three hours. All Anderson did was eliminate Roger Federer in the quarterfinals, erasing a match point and a two-set deficit. The U.S. Open does use a tiebreaker after 6-6.

Anderson had break points in the 15th, 21st and 35th games of the decider before taking victory when a tired Isner hit long.

A 19th ace of the match bailed American Isner out of a potentially hard situation.

At one point in the fifth set, a spectator shouted, "Come on, guys!"

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Sporf shared a meme highlighting how Isner and Anderson spent more time playing than Germany did at the Fifa World Cup in Russian Federation. Anderson moved to his first Wimbledon final as Isner produced his 59th unforced error.

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